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She also told me that my stepfather won two tickets to see Emmy Lou Harris next month in a drawing they had that night. Care to guess who are big fans of Emmy Lou Harris?
Saturday was a chiropractic visit (BOTH my feet this time - I really need to stop hurting myself and then waiting to deal with it). I had to go in the back because the new cement at the front entry hadn't finished curing.
I got up early enough to clean the cat box and take the trash out before I left for the appointment. And I got my payday grocery run done immediately afterward. Nap, thereafter - chiropractic visits can be a bit of a strain sometimes.
I had planned to go to the library, since my Friday afternoon got interrupted with a family emergency that shot my intention to cut out a little early from work and go to the library then all to hell. Considering my book addiction, it says a lot about how I feel about the people involved that I actually changed my plans.
I still have one signature to collect on the marriage equality petition of the 25 I promised to collect. My chiropractor signed when I asked her - actually, all I did was mention it and she stuck out her hand for the clipboard. I find it much more difficult to ask people I know to do this sort of thing than to ask total strangers. I got 13 in the first four days I had the petitions, on the initial wave of enthusiasm (and plans to go out of town for that particular weekend), and turned those in before I left. It's taken me two months to get this many more. I had hoped to get two signatures at the chiropractor's office, but her office assistant wasn't at work.
On the way to the chiropractor's, I was listening to the radio and the DJ came on with some announcements. One was that the approval rating for Congress was currently 5% - that cockroaches had a higher approval rating - and that it had been said that comparing them to Congress wasn't being fair to the cockroaches.
I would find the situation a lot more amusing if I didn't know too many people who are facing serious trouble because of the shutdown. I am glad that the number of people who understand it's the House Republicans who caused this mess is growing.